Biography: Four-year starter who finished with 84 tackle and 2 interceptions as a senior after posting junior totals of 68/2/4 pass breakups.
Positives: Hard-hitting, run-defending safety who sells out to defend screen passes or run plays and sacrifices his body to make the tackle. Keeps the action in front of him, flashes skill in zone coverage and shows a solid break to the ball out of his plant. Squares into ballcarriers and wraps up.
Negatives: Lacks top range and is late getting to the flanks or outside the numbers in coverage. Marginal closing speed. Drag-down tackler.
Analysis: Gideon lacks speed and athleticism for the next level but is a competitive defender who does whatever?s necessary to make plays. He comes with a special teams mentality, which will be his best opportunity at the next level.
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